CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT IN ANIMAL BREEDING AND GENETICS – INSIGHTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
FROM A DECADE OF REGIONAL “TRAINING OF T...
Why livestock?
 Food Source: High nutrient value and density
 30-40 % of the world s agricultural output
produced by liv...
Why is capacity building in Animal Genetic Resource
use needed in developing countries?
 Need to double meat and milk pro...
Why is capacity building in Animal Genetic Resource
management & use needed in developing countries?
 Productivity of man...
The Project
Capacity Building for Sustainable Use
of Animal Genetic Resources (AnGR)
in Developing Countries
Implemented largely throu...
Report of the ILRI-SLU
capacity building project
published in Dec 2011
Authors:
http://mahider.ilri.org/handle/
10568/1639...
Main objectives of the ILRI-SLU project
 Strengthen Knowledge and Skills in AnGR among scientists
within National Agricul...
… reaches colleagues
and a large number of students,
who in turn …
Each NARS
scientist/univ.teacher
trained in the project...
-by region
Training Course
(3 weeks)
Planning Activities
- status and needs
of each regionRegional
Focus
Similar
Challenge...
http://agtr.ilri.cgiar.org
Planning Activities
- status and needs
of each regionRegional
Focus
Similar
Challenges &
Needs
NetworkingInstitutional
Col...
The training course given 7 times
2000, 2001, 2003, 2006 (2), 2007, 2008
 31 countries in Africa and 15 in Asia represent...
Improved univ
curricula in area
of AnGR
Improved teaching
methods & skills
Increased ABG
interests
Incr. particip. in
devt...
 More resources are needed to train people able to translate
new knowledge into actions for sustainable use of AnGR in
de...
 Efforts should be made to continuously develop
& retain a critical mass of qualified
breeders/geneticists to design and ...
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Capacity development in animal breeding and genetics—Insights and opportunities from a decade of regional “training of the trainer” experiences

  1. 1. CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT IN ANIMAL BREEDING AND GENETICS – INSIGHTS AND OPPORTUNITIES FROM A DECADE OF REGIONAL “TRAINING OF THE TRAINER” EXPERIENCES J.M.K. Ojango, B. Malmfors, J. Philipsson, I. Dror and A.M.Okeyo More meat, milk and fish for and by the Agri4D annual conference on agricultural research for development Uppsala, Sweden, 25−26 September 2013
  2. 2. Why livestock?  Food Source: High nutrient value and density  30-40 % of the world s agricultural output produced by livestock  Livestock contribute to 70-80% of farm income in intensive crop–livestock systems  Livestock is the fastest growing part of the agricultural sector, largely driven by the Livestock Revolution in emerging economies
  3. 3. Why is capacity building in Animal Genetic Resource use needed in developing countries?  Need to double meat and milk production to meet demand for products notably in developing countries → while minimizing environmental impact Source: Rosegrant et al., 2009
  4. 4. Why is capacity building in Animal Genetic Resource management & use needed in developing countries?  Productivity of many livestock populations needs to improve for food security and environmental reasons  High genetic variability between and within species and breeds BUT remains largely unexploited  Regional markets for livestock products are fast growing  Platforms for livestock data recording and information exchange are generally lacking Shortage of people trained on AnGR!
  5. 5. The Project
  6. 6. Capacity Building for Sustainable Use of Animal Genetic Resources (AnGR) in Developing Countries Implemented largely through Sida support ILRI1: J. Ojango, M. Okeyo 1 International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) – CGIAR institute 2 Swedish Univ of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) SLU2: B. Malmfors, J. Philipsson ILRI-SLU collaboration 1999-2012
  7. 7. Report of the ILRI-SLU capacity building project published in Dec 2011 Authors: http://mahider.ilri.org/handle/ 10568/16393 Available also as a pdf file at: Ojango, J.M.K., Malmfors, B., Mwai, O. and Philipsson, J.
  8. 8. Main objectives of the ILRI-SLU project  Strengthen Knowledge and Skills in AnGR among scientists within National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS)  Strengthen Teaching and Communication Skills  Catalyze & Enhance Curriculum Development  Stimulate & Improve Contacts and Networking  Develop computer based Training Resource (The AGTR)
  9. 9. … reaches colleagues and a large number of students, who in turn … Each NARS scientist/univ.teacher trained in the project… Project Approach Training the Trainers
  10. 10. -by region Training Course (3 weeks) Planning Activities - status and needs of each regionRegional Focus Similar Challenges & Needs Animal Genetics Training Resource CD/Web Main Activities of the ILRI-SLU Project
  11. 11. http://agtr.ilri.cgiar.org
  12. 12. Planning Activities - status and needs of each regionRegional Focus Similar Challenges & Needs NetworkingInstitutional Collaboration New Partnerships Established Follow-up workshops -by region Developing Country Perspective Practical Solutions & Priorities Project evaluations Activties to catalyze implementation of Breeding Programs Capacity for Animal Genetic Resource Utilization in Developing Countries -by region Training Course (3 weeks) Animal Genetics Training Resource CD/Web Main Activities of the ILRI-SLU Project
  13. 13. The training course given 7 times 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006 (2), 2007, 2008  31 countries in Africa and 15 in Asia represented  Number trained: 138 animal breeding scientists/teachers employed mainly at universities & research institutes Course evaluation by participants: Overall rank ave. 8.5 (scale 1-9)
  14. 14. Improved univ curricula in area of AnGR Improved teaching methods & skills Increased ABG interests Incr. particip. in devt of National & Reg. policies on AnGR More of regional collaborative proj. for AnGR improvement New regional groups on AnGR in Africa & Asia Modules with info for AnGR use & improvement developed Case studies & breed info on ANGR in dev. countries Animal Genetics Tr. Resources Developed Characterization, conservation & design of breeding programs Impr. & expand research on AnGR. & Science communication Impr. practical Applications of ABG Teaching Networking Communication Research Improved human capacity base in AnGR use Stronger regional networks of scientists in AnGR Increased access to resources and info on AnGR Impr. designs of breeding strat. for AnGr cons & use Key outcomes from ILRI-SLU project
  15. 15.  More resources are needed to train people able to translate new knowledge into actions for sustainable use of AnGR in developing countries → more need to be trained (including extension staff)  ”Training trainers” enables more efficient knowledge sharing by international partners from lead institutions in ABG  Providing information on AnGR together with training on science communication and teaching methodologies is strategic for advancing effectiveness of NARS  Partnerships between universities and national research institutes in developing countries need to be strengthened → collaborations should enable university staff to also carry out research, and researchers to also teach at universities Some lessions learnt
  16. 16.  Efforts should be made to continuously develop & retain a critical mass of qualified breeders/geneticists to design and sustainably implement breeding programs  Empower ”Champions”-(i.e. those showing leadership) to have impact at scale  Establish regional AnGR recording and evaluation platforms to support uniterupted national genetic improvement programs  Espouse international collaborations to stimulate the uptake /adoption of emerging technologies Way Forward
  17. 17. The presentation has a Creative Commons licence. You are free to re-use or distribute this work, provided credit is given to ILRI. Thank you

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